MC Eiht used Henry Hill's (Ray Liotta) matter-of-fact remembrances of life in the mob from Goodfellas (1990) for back-up in the Compton rapper's on-going banging on wax series with rival DJ Quik. The beef eventually cooled down, but for the second go 'round in this CPT battle, Eiht is full of passionate dislike for Quik, so the calm and collected words from Henry Hill serve as the proper contrast to the personal wishes of bodily harm.
"For most of the guys, killing's got to be accepted," says Hill. "Murder was the only way everybody stayed in line. You got out of line, you got whacked. Everybody knew the rules." The dialogue from Goodfellas is so good it's too hard to resist using more of it, so, right before the third verse of "Def Wish II", the rest of the hit-talking surfaces: "But sometimes, even if people didn't get out of line, they got whacked. Hits just became a habit for some of the guys. Shooting people was a normal thing. No big deal."
Equally cold blooded was the video version of the single, which does not have the Goodfellas speech, but rather substitutes the line "We got a problem, David," from Deep Cover (1992), which is a sly reference to Quik's government name.